Name: Alessandro Nazareth – Andrea Vallicelli
Company: Vallicelli Yacht Designers
Position within company: CEO
Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc).
Alessandro Nazareth: An engineer, besides the design work inside the office, is a member since 1995 of O.R.C. (Offshore Racing Congress) and Chairman of the ORC International Technical Committee since 2006. From 2014 he has a key role into the development of the racing rule for superyachts that race in many parts of the world (Bucket Race, Loro Piana SY Regatta, Palma SY etc…).
Andrea Vallicelli: An architect, besides the design work inside the office, Andrea is full professor of Industrial Design at Pescara Architecture University and a master professor in yacht design in “Politecnico di Milano” University.
What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms?
We don’t feel there is a general trend in motor yacht design. There is an expansion of requests regarding the “EXPLORER” or EXPEDITION” vessels that are a kind of motor yacht more close to the way owners and guests operate sailing yachts more in contact with the sea.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2018 and beyond.
– Sleek and fair lines
– Less volumes for the same overall length
– Wide glass windows on both hull and superstructure
– Full coherence with interior style
– Crew comfort.
A goal we always try to obtain as a design office, having a huge background in sailing yacht design, is to try to transfer to power boats all the “feeling and the easy way of life at sea” of the sailing yachts.
Where do you feel yacht design is going in terms of schemes?
If you look at the newest motor yachts there is a big move in the research of something with particularly innovative and original design, but this is not so easily achievable and sometime the result is not so nice.
What projects are you currently working on?
Our office has recently launched GENESIA, a very particular explorer vessel derived from a commercial supply vessel. In this project we were involved in all aspects of design (naval architecture, structural, exterior and interior designs). We are currently working on a 74 metre displacement motor yacht under construction in Turquoise Yacht’s shipyard in Istanbul and on a series of 35 metre explorer vessels designed on the experience of GENESIA. Finally we have a very unusual project going on in the range of 55-60 metres for a special client, we are in the stage of looking for the right shipyard to build it.
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
Try to make things simple
What products/services could you not live without when designing?
A roll of transparent paper for drafting lines in the era of PC and three-dimensional CAD
How important are The International Yacht and Aviation Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
We think it is very important because it makes a very good connection between Aviation and Yachts
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
Make a new sailing yacht as we miss designing them
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself:
Your favourite place to travel to in the world?
The sea everywhere
Your most treasured possession?
A sailing dinghy
Your favourite hotel, restaurant and bar?
The terrace bar and restaurant of EDEN Hotel from where you can see all Rome
Your favourite food and drink?
Pasta and Italian wine
The place that enables you to totally relax?
The place that gives you most inspiration?
Anything final thoughts?
Join us for next cruise on one of our sailing yachts!